The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has clarified the situation about the final 23-man
list of the national team, the Super Eagles, for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Media chief of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya had announced this week that the final list would be released on Tuesday by head coach, Stephen Keshi.
The NFF has now revealed that the list will be released on Wednesday in Faro, Portugal.
Executive committee member of the NFF, Barrister Chris Green explained that the date was chosen “so as to make clarifications about several issues.”
“We need to make clarifications about several issues. The Super Eagles have a game against Cape Verde on Wednesday and it is only after that game that the list will be announced,” Green exclusively told supersport.com.
Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo recently suffered a knee injury which kept him out of Nigeria’s final 2013 Africa Cup of Nation’s qualifier against Liberia on October 13, 2012.
Green revealed that Keshi would be closely monitoring the fitness of the Fenerbahce defender in the game against the Blue Sharks on Wednesday.
“I can confirm to you that Joseph Yobo will play in Wednesday’s game against Cape Verde and the coach (Keshi) will use that game to ascertain his (Yobo’s) fitness level as well as the other hopefuls in the list. The good news is that so far, there are no injury worries in the team,” he stated.
Three players, Rabiu Ibrahim, Henry Uche and Papa Idris were dropped by Keshi on Monday while striker, Kalu Uche pulled out of the squad after failing to recover from a groin injury.
Keshi will drop four more players when he announces the final 23-man list on Wednesday.
The deadline for the submission of team sheets of participating teams for the 2013 Afcon is Wednesday.
The competition gets underway on January 19.